What happened at Anni 2010
From Tar Valon Library
This article was originally published in the April 2010 Tar Valon Times. It was written by Ilenna Aramiz.
So you didn’t get to go to the 9th Annual Party in Wisconsin Dells. Maybe you were there but cannot remember who won which competition or was featured in that one ceremony. Then this is the place to be and the article to read!
Several ceremonies took place our first night, March 19th, following the official Goldschlagger toast. Leilwyn al’Raen was raised to Aes Sedai of the Blue Ajah, Addelyn al’Vera to the Gray Ajah, and Melisande Arneil and Sorcha Al’Verdan to the Green Ajah. We witnessed the bonding of Leilwyn al’Raen to Mazarin Ashinar and Daria alFalcoon to Atreyu Silverstar. The group cheered the wedding ceremony of Aria Beraht to Lugh of the Vanth. Then the Gleemen sang us to sleep… Oh wait! They lulled me to sleep. From what I understand, many of you continued the celebration until nearly dawn.
Saturday, March 20th, was a day for competing in the Amrylin’s Tournaments. Many participated, but each event could have only one winner. Torval Shank kindly lent us his bow in the Archery Competition. However, after almost two chilly hours, his well-placed arrows claimed the title of winner. The Trivia Competition was just too tough for one Ajah or Company to claim so some combined their efforts. The winners? That would be “3 Blues, 1 Gray, a Green and a DM” consisting of Kyla Sterling, Leilwyn al’Raen, Magdalenna t'Zai, Millefiori Aerien, Ne’Mireth Simoua, and Toral Delvar. Despite Elbereth’s valiant efforts, Valorian Edoras took the Sword Competition. Believe me when I say that those of us who witnessed the event will never forget it. The Amrlin’s Tournament continued into Sunday which also held more awards and ceremonies.
The brainy obstacle course was a combination of competition and creativity. Our runners began by picking up Melearlin a'Valamon, carrying her up a ramp, across the playground equipment and shoving her down a slide while yelling “Wee!” The runner continued down the steps, grabbed a paddle ball and paddled like crazy while running over to something vaguely resembling stairs and climbing back onto the playground equipment where they recited a grand haiku. Our winner, Mazarin Ashinar, recited “Thank you Mother, dear, for bringing us together. I had so much fun!” He successfully crossed the monkey bars, earning him a time bonus of 10 seconds, before finishing up with a good frolic. (Seriously, frolicking was the last leg of the obstacle course.)
As the obstacle course was coming to a conclusion, the CCG Tournament was swinging into full gear in the Lodge. For those not in the know, I am referring to the TarValon Collectible Card Game which features many prominent members of the TarValon.net. After several rounds it became clear that Deoan Kakarot would demolish anyone who dared take of the challenge of playing against him.
That evening, the Amrylin’s Feast brought more reasons to celebrate, starting with the Member’s Choice Awards. No one looked more surprised or happy than Jeffan Caliarthan as the Amrylin Seat then summoned him to be raised to the rank of Soldier. While he made his way Toral Delvar to Ne’Mireth Simoua. As the ceremony concluded, the couple walked through an arch of raised Warders’ swords. The votes in the Costume Contest were tallied following the wedding. Our winner was Millefiori Aerien, who was wearing a stunning gown of blue and gold which crossed the traditions back to his seat, we pushed back tables and chairs to make room for the marriage ceremony of many different lands within the Wheel of Time.